First attempt at getting a large stick into the birdhouse!
Taking a look out!
A nice view from the rooftop!
Whew...another stick in the house!
Our First Wrens Story Begins...
Today, a hot day in early July, I looked out my back door and noticed some activity around the little white birdhouse that hangs from a tree.
This birdhouse is relatively new to my backyard. I received it as a gift this past Christmas, and it was hung outside in early Spring. It is truly the new house on the block!
I grabbed my camera noticing something flickering about the opening on the birdhouse, and sure enough a little wren came flying out. A short time later it returned with a rather long stick in its beak.
I watched as it gingerly maneuvered the end of the stick into the opening. The little bird followed this by climbing into the birdhouse again; I assume to architecturally arrange the stick and then out it flew.
The next sighting was only a minute or so later, and once again this wren had a rather long stick.
This time he wasn't as successful and as he was attempting to put the end of the stick into the birdhouse, it fell. Off he went to get another.
At one point the little wren just sat on the roof, obviously making sure it was a good roof and looked around the grounds making sure it was landscaped to his liking, I assume.
I am excited to see this new little friend whom I've named Christopher (after the famous architect, Christopher Wren) and I am anxious to watch his journeys back and forth as he makes his nest.
I am hopeful that his mate will want to settle down and raise a family in our backyard. I'm happy to welcome them to our neighborhood!
This is the first time we have encountered this pretty little bird.
We were shocked to find this bird flying around in our garage and finally saw her go into my husbands boot on the shelf.
As we watched them they were bringing twigs in and finally saw her not coming out. We realized then that she was nesting.
We would close the garage door at night and in the morning she would be flying around wanting outside. She would stay a little while and back on the nest she would stay.
Don't know how long it took before we saw as she left one morning that there were three eggs. She would come back and stay during the day, and we would watch her leave several times then when night came, we would close the door.
Finally the eggs hatched and we would see both of them bringing food to them. This was a continuous effort on both of them.
Then one day she was calling for them as she was all over the garage, moving around trying to get them to come out, which took several days.
Finally one jumped onto the top of the boot and stayed awhile before moving any further. Finally it flew to the ground. He stayed awhile before leaving the garage.
It took several more days before the other two left.
This has been about five years now, I do remember four other places in the garage where they have built nests, but they were always behind something.
It is Jan. 18 now and for a month or so we have had two come into the garage at night, but don't know where they are staying.
We don't know if they are babies or parents but they keep coming back. If the door isn't opened in the morning they start chirping. We let them back outside and at night they are back.
Update: now he has a wife and Mr Wren is busy keeping her happy. We have worked out approximately when she will lay.
This photo took me about two hours to capture. It was a cold rainy afternoon but I stayed watching and waiting. I think you will agree that it was worth it.
I love taking the camera out to see what nature pics I can discover, at the moment my tripod is out side most dry days so this new happy family will get used to it. I shall be placing a chair out next.
Who knows, perhaps I will get that photo we all hope to get of our new family feeding and dare I hope for that first flight of the next generation of Wrens.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed taking it and now looking and sharing it.
I have been watching the feedings and comings and goings of two Carolina Wrens that have a nest in a Gourd birdhouse that hangs on my front porch roof eve. The three babies came out of the nest on Mothers Day 05/10/2015.
Each went in a different direction, so the parents were going crazy trying to keep up with where they were.
One of them went straight up into a shrub after coming out of the nest, and very quickly was jumping from limb to limb in the shrub.
Another one came out on to the porch and jumped on the edge of a rocking chair, and then clung to the edge of a window screen for a few seconds.
Does anyone know how long the parents continue to care for their offspring after they leave the nest? I usually see them together in a group for at least a few days.
I also observed that after the first one was out of the nest, the parent (not sure if Mom or Dad) spent quite a bit of time trying to make the other two come out.
I guess it would be easier for her to deal with all of them out.
Each spring (my favorite season) my two wrens entertain me with their songs and choosing the perfect place to pair up and make their nest.
While staying home from work sick a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have noticed Mr. & Mrs. Wren building a new nest in a bird house my mother had given me several years ago. Next I watch and saw that Mrs. Wren had laid 5 eggs.
Each evening I checked the nest. Some nights Mrs. Wren was out taking a break and hunting for food.
This week Mrs. Wren has been on her nest each night when I've observed her nest (she watches me without fear as I talk to her and take pictures).
Any day now I expect the baby birds will hatch as it has been 22 days since the Wrens started building their nest.
The actually hatching of the eggs should take place 13-15 days after the eggs are laid.
I'm getting excited to watch the babies after they hatch and start learning how to fly and search for food.
Last year I was also lucky to have a Wren nest and see the eggs hatch and watch the babies learn to fly.
The picture I've posted is unique. Notice the script on the bird house.
Many good stories have been told here about how House Wrens select their sites and about feeding their young and managing their relationships.
We had a nesting pair here in Central Texas this year and they were quite comfortable with us, our children and grandchildren being around them.
One of the pair came and sat right next to my hand and appeared more curious than frightened. I talked to him for a while and eventually he calmly flew away.
This nest is a fun part of the story. It was purchased at the New Hampshire Craftsman's Fair on Mt. Sunapee and failed to attract any birds in NH for three or four years.
For three years in TX it remained empty until this spring when an industrious male worked hard to make it habitable and a female came along and completed the job.
They produced five hungry and active babies and all was calm and cool until two days ago. I believe it was the male brought a grub and then he sat on the roadrunner's nose and sang his heart out for a few minutes.
He then went and looked in on the chicks for a few seconds and repeated the whole scenario all over again, repeating this whole procedure six or eight times.
For the next two days it was business as usual with the parents shuttling in and out to feed the brood.
This morning, before I got to sit with them and watch their show, they were gone. Sorry I missed that bit of drama, but it has been a delight to have them in our backyard this spring.
Just a few weeks ago two adorable House Wrens decided to take over this bird house which looks like a church in my tomato garden.
For weeks I could hear their chirping starting very early in the morning (5am!) and it lasts all day until it gets dark. They were very curious about this bird house which has been vacant for some time.
The birdhouse looks like the church in the Little House on the Prairie tv series so I've named the sweet couple Charles and Caroline Ingalls.
Every day when I come home from work I would see their progress of building the nest inside of the church.
Caroline would wait patiently as Charles would fill it with sticks and such and one day I could tell she was inspecting it thoroughly and gave her approval because they both are in and out of it all day long.
My two Golden Retrievers seem quite interested in their activity and sit at the end of the garden at dusk each night and watch Charles and Caroline build their lives together.
The Ingalls don't mind their attention and work away happily in expectation of their new family which is soon to arrive.
I just love Charles and Caroline and I am honored that they chose my yard as their future "home on the prairie!"
While camping in Western North Carolina, I decided to make a wicker basket floral arrangement.
I mounted it on the side of our motor home under our patio awning.
A few weeks later we noticed a small bird, later I learned it was a wren, hanging around our patio! She wasn’t afraid of us and would often hop around our patio floor!
One day my husband noticed her fly into my floral arrangement. She had made a cozy little nest amongst my artificial sunflowers!
She flies in and out of her nest when we are sitting on our patio, doesn’t seem to bother her. Under the awning protection, she has an ideal nesting spot!
Last week, during a severe storm, a very large tree branch fell on our patio and awning. A complete loss of our awning! We were heartsick when we saw the damage and we were sure our little wrens nest was destroyed!
After clearing the debris, we saw the wrens nest was untouched by the tree branch! She and her eggs were safe!
Our roof was repaired in a matter of days, our patio awning is ordered but we have propped up the damaged awning so that our wren and her nest can be out of the weather elements until the new one arrives!
My friend made me three birdhouses. The holes are perfect for wrens and chickadees! The boxes are hinged to allow for cleaning after the birds are finished nesting.
We have watched the process in one of the houses that the male constructed a fine nest in and attracted a female who laid five eggs.
After the birds were hatched the adults tirelessly fed them from daylight until dark. We stayed a safe distance away from the box and marveled at the tenacity of the adults to keep the little ones fed.
A couple of days ago, we watched as the five tiny young flew out of the box. After four had gone the last little one took the afternoon to decide it was his turn.
We cleaned out the box using a stick as to not contaminate the interior.
Now a male has decided to attract another female and started building nests in two of the boxes.
The third box became a home for a chickadee. Two eggs were laid but only one matured.
Since that species only has one nesting a year, we cleaned out that box and are hoping another bird will take up residence.
It’s been a summer to remember and we are hoping to see more baby wrens born in at least one or two more boxes.
Also, to get the birds interested, I put bird food on the ledge of each box. So far, it’s worked!